Industry heavies set to push WiMax upgrade

Intel, Motorola, Samsung, and others want to speed up industrywide adoption of the next WiMax release, which will increase peak transmission rates.

A number of mobile industry players including Intel, Motorola, and Samsung have launched an effort to push for devices and equipment based on the upcoming WiMax 2 high-speed wireless standard.

The WiMax 2 Collaboration Initiative, announced Sunday, aims to speed up industrywide adoption of the next WiMax release, which is based on the IEEE 802.16m standard and due for finalization in the second half of this year.

WiMax 2 will maintain backward compatibility with the earlier WiMax standard, based on IEEE 802.16e, while increasing peak transmission rates to more than 300Mbps, increasing Internet telephony capacity and lowering latency, the WCI said.

Read more of "Industry heavies set to push WiMax upgrade" at ZDNet UK.

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